"Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast!"About a week ago, we put out our vibe that Tinklenberg was definitely going to run in 2010.
And we all heard the news that Marueen Reed is challenging Bachmann as well.
Two days ago, we had no candidates...officially. Now we have two.
Yep, we were right. Elwyn's $250,000 gift to the DCCC will garner their support for his 2010 run.
My gut feeling? Tinklenberg has labor in his back pocket and a $250,000 IOU from the DCCC. There is no way Tinklenberg does not get the DFL endorsement in 2010, for another run at Michele Bachmann. Honestly, that would be a lot for Reed to overcome, not impossible though.
I'll try to keep an open mind for now. I'd like to see how Reed's initial fundraising goes, see how she performs in front of potential delegates and others.
Another big problem for Democrats out in "our parts"?
The Ron Paul Revolution is alive and well.
We've seen the stories of Bachmann cuddling up to Ron Paul for weekly economic studies. But even more interesting is that the new CD 6 GOP Chair is a big Ron Paul guy. Wright County was a big Ron Paul area, as was Meeker and McLeod Counties in the 7th.
So here's an idea...perhaps even a bold one.
So instead of posting photoshopped pictures and edited You Tube videos putting orgy and government wads together, why don't we actually work in a grassroots effort to organize our communities.
Seriously, I'm I the only one who looked at the Bachmann tax day video and noticed that orgy/government wad portion of said video was spliced together like a 3 year old playing Operation?
Mocking Michele Bachmann gets us nowhere.
Running an "anyone but Bachmann campaign" gets us nowhere.
Attacking the "soccer mom" gets us nowhere.
It only gets us 2 more years of Bachmann.
Bachmann will continue to do damage to herself in the mainstream media.
While we should ensure that her insane comments are disseminated, we have no need to doctor them to make them even more "juicy". She does that well enough.
We should talk about Bachmann's voting record and how her values are not congruent with her rhetoric.
Last but not least, leadership needs to get off its ass. I caught this wonderful quote earlier in the week.
The district is the most Republican in the state and will be an extremely difficult race for any Democrat. But Schumaker believes Tinklenberg would have won in 2008 if not for the presence of another (non-endorsed) IP candidate on the ballot, Bob Anderson, who garnered 10 percent of the vote. “For whatever reason the information was not put out there that El Tinklenberg was endorsed by both parties,” she says."For whatever reason..."
Tinklenberg was endorsed by the IP on June 22, 2009. You mean to tell me that neither Tinklenberg nor the 6th CD DFL took the time over the remaining 4 1/2 months from the IP endorsement to stress the endorsement.
"For whatever reason...?"
Maybe if...now this is a big maybe...they hadn't spent the waning weeks of the campaign still introducing Tinklenberg to voters, they would have known he was endorsed by BOTH the DFL and the IP.
Going back through the Blueman history of Tinklenberg campaign ads, none of the ads I found had any mention of Tinklenberg's cross endorsement of the DFL and IP.
So, stop blaming the IP for Tinklenberg losing in 2008.
We lost because we gambled and lost. We ran shitty campaigns in Wright and Sherburne Counties and could not capitalize on the cash cow caused by the pandemic known as the Bachmann2008 virus.